Senate passes resolution that honors lost crew of San Antonio Rose

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution to honor the lost crew of the San Antonio Rose B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, including the father of a New Canaan man.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a co-sponsor of the resolution, applauded its passage in a news release.

"With the passage of this bipartisan resolution, the Senate has reaffirmed our nation's duty to fulfill the promise made to these brave Americans and their families by continuing the search to bring them home," he said.

Blumenthal also led a bipartisan letter, calling on Kelly McKeague, the director of the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency, which conducts searches for the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action, to establish a devoted search and recovery mission to locate and return the remains of the San Antonio crew.

The San Antonio Rose was last seen under heavy attack from Japanese fighters near what is now Papua New Guinea. The crew was first declared missing in action on Jan. 5, 1943, and subsequently declared killed in action on Dec. 12, 1945.

Douglas Walker's father, Air Force Brigadier Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, was aboard the plane. Walker, 84, of New Canaan, told The Day in a phone interview in November that he thought the resolution would keep the issue alive.

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